BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53 Posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1803 times:
I rose from bed this morning and I could hear by the sound of the planes that they were landing on Runway 31 at La Guardia. I called LGA ATIS and was surprised that they were using the Localizer approach. It's my favorite approach and I haven't gotten to enjoy that while ever spotting form my infamous "dock" across the bay from LGA.
I ate and got dressed and walked the few blocks to the dock. Obviously with my luck, the SECOND I got to the dock, they switched runways. Bastards in the tower must have seen me coming. I bet they had a good laugh. lol
But then, they started using Runway 13 for both departures and landings. Turns out this is very entertaing for a spotter, especially when I am on a dock in an elevated position while planes landing and deparintg are BOTH facing my direction.
Using River Visual Approach, I saw as all kinds of planes making that big turn from the Hudson, many turning early or late, making sometime very steep drops and such. I loved it.
But the interesting part is, with all the traffic at LGA, because of planes departing so frequently, landing planes had go arounds literally about every 15 minutes. It was weird.
Also, reminding me of pictures i've seen of Kai Tak, there were planes touching down at the beginning of 13 jsut as a planes was lifting off. Weird thing to see. I think it's kind of dangerous at an airport with the congestion that LGA has, along with the short 7,000 foot runways.
I saw a DL767 approaching as an Air Tran 717 was lining up for t/o. The 767 was dropping fast, and the curve of the wings were intense. The 717 was late it hitting the gas, and I expect the 767 to go around, but it seemed like both planes had wheels on the ground at the same time, avoiding each other by maybe 3,000 feet on the ground.
Frequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1786 times:
LGA is one of those airports where the controllers should get hazard pay!
Seriously, if you're driving over the Whitestone Bridge at 9:30 at night, the landing lights are stacked up with at least 5-10 planes as far as the eye can see. It's crazy how quickily they land planes there.
If you think about it, LGA is also a very dangerous airport because of its proximity to two things: The water and populated areas. Not only is it almost right across the street from Shea Stadium, but anyone who's every landed at LGA knows that it either seems like you're going to come down in Flushing Bay or on the Grand Central Pkwy.
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1624 times:
Kai ewo..alla, then boro na milas kala...
Whatever that meant! My Greek really sucks! I haven't used it in over ten years.
Yes, it is possible to get to Planeview Park without a car. Usually, you can take the 7, R, V, E and F trains to 74th street and Roosevelt Avenue station. There, you can take the Q47. I can't tell you what bus stop to get off at as I live really close to La Guardia and just walk there. I can check it out. I believe the Q33 stops around that area too. When do you plan on going spotting? Wanna meet up sometime? My e-mail address is in my profile.
What part of the city are you coming from anyways?
Jcxp15 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 997 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1607 times:
If you need to get to Planeview Park from the city...
Take the 4/5/6 train or any train that stops at 125th Street, to 125th Street. Get off there, and take the M60 to LGA airport. You can't miss planeview park. Get off where the landing lights are.
If you want that spot where you can see RWY13/31, take the 7 train out to Main Street Flushing, and then take the Q65 towards college point to like 29 or 30th Av. Walk down to the sanitation place. Right before the sanitation plane, on the left will be this concrete "factory" enter those gates, and make the first right.. You'll then come to a dock, which overlooks LGA.
You should prolly e-mail Phil though if you're going out there: firstname.lastname@example.org